Recommended Hours: 50 hours (based on a class
of six candidates)
Who is a Divemaster?
The dive community expects
several characteristics of an individual with the
Exemplary diving skills.
Professional-level knowledge of dive theory.
Competence as a certified assistant.
Dive management and supervision abilities.
Ethical role model behavior.
Enthusiasm and fun.
To qualify to enter the
Divemaster course, an individual must:
1. Be certified as a RESCUE DIVER from any
2. Have completed and logged at least 20
dives as documented by the individuals
personal log book.
3. Be at least 18 years old at the start of
4. Submit, to the instructor, medical
clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting
to fitness to
dive. The medical clearance must be current within the
previous 12 months.
5. Submit proof of Emergency First Response
Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care
Module consists of 12 topics:
The role and characteristics of a Divemaster
Supervising diving activities for certified
Assisting with student divers in training
Dive theory introduction
Decompression theory and dive tables
Divemaster conducted programs
Furthering your dive career
Classroom: Topic 1:
The Role and Characteristics of a PADI Divemaster
Waterskills and Stamina Exercises One and Two Confined
Chapters 1 and 2 of the Divemaster Manual
PADI Divemaster Video
Emergency Assistance Plan
assigned to be completed before certification
Classroom: Topic 2
(Part 1): Supervising General Diving Activities for
Certified Divers Practical: Waterskills and Stamina
Exercises Three and Four Equipment Exchange
Required Training Exercise
The Physics of Diving
Classroom: Topic 2
(Part 2): Supervising General Diving Activities for
Certified Divers Practical: Diver-Rescue Assessment
Confined Waterskills Assessment
The Physiology of Diving
Chapter 3 and 4 of the
Classroom: Topic 3:
Assisting with Students in Training
Mapping Project Required Training Exercise One
Assigned to be completed before certification.
Chapters 5 and 6 of the
Classroom: Topic 9:
Divemaster Conducted Programs
Topic 10: Risk Management
Divemaster Conducted Programs Required Training
Decompression Theory and the RDP
Chapter 7 of the Divemaster
Classroom: Topic 4:
Dive Theory Introduction
Topic 5: The Physics of Diving review and answer
Topic 6: The Physiology of Diving review and answer
Makeup and Remedial Training, Practical Training
Chapters 8 and 9 of the Divemaster Manual
Classroom: Topic 7:
Equipment review and answer questions
Topic 8: Decompression Theory and the RDP review and
Topic 11: The Business of Diving
Internship and/or Practical Training Exercises
Classroom: Topic 12:
Furthering Your Dive Career
Internship and/or Practical Training Exercise